Time Limits for Filing Virginia Workers’ Compensation Claims
Every worker who is injured in an accident, regardless of fault, in Virginia needs to know that there is a time limit for filing a workers’ compensation claim. If the claim is not filed within that time-frame, then the worker will not be able to get any benefits. Because each case is different, it is advisable to consult with a Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer when you have any type of work-related accident. The time limit is also known as the Statute of Limitation.
The starting points for considering the time limit issue are:
- Claims for accident-related occurrences must be brought less than two years from the date the accident happened.
- Claims for occupational diseases must be brought within two years from the date the worker was told the disease was work-related or within 5 years from the date the worker was last exposed to any improper chemicals or disease-causing items at work.
- Workers who return to work after getting compensation and then have to leave work must file a new claim within two years from the date they were last paid compensation through a workers’ compensation award.
Even if the employer pays you voluntarily, you should still file a formal claim. Again, every workplace injury and workers’ compensation claim is different. You should consult an attorney as soon as you have a work-related accident or an illness, because time limits have to be met.
Contact a Norfolk Workers’ Compensation Attorney For More Information
If you or someone you know has suffered a workplace injury or illness, you need a lawyer on your side who knows what benefits you are entitle to, how to ask for those benefits, and what evidence you need to prove your case. Norfolk attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, has been handling workers’ compensation cases for decades and can help you pursue payment for your medical bills, lost wages and, in some cases, a lump sum payment for your injuries or occupational disease. To learn more, call (888) 694-1671 today.